Sunday, December 11, 2011

Saturday at Twin Ponds - Alissa Duke

On Saturday the weather was finally fine enough to go outdoors. I visited the Gardens Shop to spend a gift voucher I had (decisions, decisions..) and then asked about the recent sightings of the tawny frogmouth. I was pointed in the direction of the Twin Ponds. I did not see the bird (unsurprisingly) but I did spent time amongst the trees, enjoying the bird calls and sketching the fascinating tree bark. I love the way paperbark peels off the tree, and the shinyness of the eucalyptus.

More than an hour later I wandered out of the Gardens via the Opera House gates. Although I was tired from a day in the sun I felt as though I had to do just one more drawing.


  1. You captured the papery-crumply-torn feeling of the Paperbark beautifully, Alissa. BTW the other place for Tawnies is up at the top of the steps that lead down to the Tropical Centre from Gate opposite State Library-- they are often in the small tree there (can't remember the species)

  2. I love these sketches and your line work with the ink as well as the watercolor! The "journal feel" is nice too with your notes.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and for your comment!

  3. Very good sketches. Your art is wonderfull. Congratulations

  4. Hello Sadami! Felicitaciones por tu blog! Regards